While fans eagerly await the first confirmed Game of Thrones prequel series – House of the Dragon – as well as the comically delayed print instalments of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice & Fire series set to conclude the main mythology, reports have confirmed yet another property within the very same universe will soon be adapted by HBO – The Tales of Dunk & Egg.
Based on the prequel novellas by Martin – The Hedge Knight, The Sworn Sword, The Mystery Knight – it’ll take place almost 100 years before Game of Thrones and follow the adventures of legendary hedge knight/founding kingsguard Ser Duncan the Tall (Dunk), who travels with his young squire/future king of Westeros, Aegon V Targaryen (Egg) – also known as Aegon the Unlikely due to his ascension to the Iron Throne despite being so far down the line of succession. And while The Tales of Dunk & Egg have their own independent story arcs, they indirectly provide a fascinating insight to crucial moments in Game of Thrones history.
This latest development was anticipated by some and a surprise for many others, especially given how Martin stated “we’re not doing Dunk & Egg” back in 2017 during HBO’s initial announcement that several Game of Thrones prequel series’ were on the cards. But it appears that some boardroom executive or another eventually saw the potential and decided to pull the trigger. Currently, no showrunner, writer(s), and especially no cast members have been attached to this project.
In addition to The Tales of Dunk & Egg and the forthcoming House of the Dragon – the latter of which will come directly from George R.R. Martin and Ryan Condal (Hercules, Rampage, Colony); depict the Targaryen dynasty’s establishment 300 years before Game of Thrones; and is scheduled for release in 2022 – a third prequel series entitled The Long Night was once destined for airways. Written and directed by Jane Goldman (Kingsman, X-Men: First Class, Kick-Ass) and starring Naomi Watts, its 2019 pilot was ultimately scrapped after HBO issued an official statement with vaguely no explanation. So it’s worth managing your expectations in case the rug gets pulled out from under us again. Or, you know… in case it proves to be a certified dud like the Game of Thrones series finale.
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